IPL 9 – Hits And Misses

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Miss me? Course you don’t. If you think I was taking a break, I wasn’t. I happened to be busy. Not that it mattered to most of you. The last thing I wrote was Kohliland something, right?  So back again, here is a post presenting to you the hits and misses of the great Indian Premier League Season 9.

Bengaluru: Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrate after winning IPL 2016 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, on May 29, 2016. (Photo: IANS)
Bengaluru: Sunrisers Hyderabad celebrate after winning IPL 2016 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru, on May 29, 2016. (Photo: IANS)

Hits:-

  • Virat Kohli proving himself the GOAT If you thought 4 hundreds and close to a thousand runs in a single IPL season was a distant utopian dream, then you for sure have been proven wrong. With some charismatic batting and exceptional scoring ability, he overcame Chris Gayle and Mike ‘Cricket’ Hussey’s previous record of 733 runs by a big 240 (I did not put it well, did I?). He also proved the naysayers wrong by topping the six-hitting chart with 38 sixes. Above all, the RCB superstar’s captaincy was greatly lauded by few of the sport’s legends. This probably was and will be his most memorable IPL, unless he breaks his own records next season? As Twitter user Suneer Chowdhary stated it, Kohli isn’t Bradmanesque. Bradman was Kohliesque.

  • David Warner the one-man army The Sunrisers are a bowling heavy team, but are they? Fair to say, this Australian wonder had a major impact in clinching their maiden IPL trophy. With a flurry of 90s, he finished the tourney with a massive 848 runs under his belt,i.e., about 34% of his team’s total runs. Hats off, I say!
  • The Fizz Not an American film about a teen with a weirdo hairdo, we are talking about our Bangladeshi bowling prodigy Mustafizur Rahman. To say he was pretty much unplayable is an understatement. His deceiving cutters, devastating yorkers and brilliant line and length, were catalytic for many a batsman’s downfall. Lets hope he carries on!
  • Yuvraj Singh No, he didn’t score a lot of runs, neither did he take a lot of wickets, but he for sure is showing solid signs of return to form. He played crucial knocks when it as needed particularly towards the end of the tournament and their result reflects.
  • Gautam Gambhir Double G actually features in the top end of this year’s leading run scorers. Hopefully he gets a Test comeback.
  • Vivo Hi-Fi Box I actually liked the concept of having a special compartment for a few lucky fans witnessing all the action. Now we are fighting with likes of NBA and NFL. Keep it up
  • RCB away jersey Product of globalization. I like it.

Misses:-

(Warning-the following list may be long. You could take a break)

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Recognise him?
  • KKR at the auction KKR went for Colin Munro instead of somebody like Martin Guptill, and then hardly gave him a chance. Also no new faces popped up this time around.
  • Rising Pune Supergiants With such a royal (and well, ‘well’ thought out) name, RPS had a disastrous first of two campaigns. One of the only times we saw Dhoni enjoying the playoffs from his home.
  • Kings Ill-even The likes Glenn Maxwell and David Miller will sincerely try to forget this campaign. Every time they taste success, this season’s memory will come back to haunt them.
  • Pawan Negi 8.5 crores? Wouldn’t play him for free
  • Tim Cook to Kanpur Ask Jamie Alter…

  • Sunil Narine He has clearly lost his teeth.
  • Axing of Harsha Harsha Bhogle got into a spat with BCCI and was axed from further commentary in the IPL. Worst part is, they let Ramiz Raja continue.
  • Vitara Brezza Glam Shot How do you decide which is a glam shot and which is not? And what do you do after that?
  • Australians Many Australians came to go back.
  • Sanju Samson Wait, did he play this year? People always have high expectations of him, but he continues to underperform. Next Rohit Sharma.
  • Oppo commercial Is “Camera Phone” even a tagline?

I may have missed a few things, but I don’t pay myself for perfection.

Sorry for the long post. Here’s a Jose Mourinho joke.

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